By Lara Tan (22A01B) and Lim Zhi Qi Victoria (23S06B)
Photos courtesy of Raffles Photographic Society.
“One point at a time.”
That frequent utterance from teammates watching from the sidelines was a rather apt description of the game we were about to watch: a game of endurance, mental fortitude and strategy.
At 8am on Thursday, the 12th of May, Raffles Press headed down to the A Div Girls’ Tennis Finals to witness the showdown between RI and Hwa Chong.
Despite the early start, the venue was already crowded with delegations from Hwa Chong and RI, along with droves of supportive parents, teachers and coaches. With no spectator stands, everyone had to pick their spots on the surrounding hilly terrain, and try to avoid the unforgiving sun that was slowly creeping up on them.
Leading up to the finals, the RI team was on a roll, having won all matches till that point. Hwa Chong had a similar track record, so both sides knew it would be a tough fight.
If you’re anything like me—the antithesis of athleticism and general sports awareness—chances are you know very little about this game called squash.
Aside from sharing its name with a type of vegetable, Squash essentially involves players going head to head in a literal cage match conducted in a four-walled court. The game is played with a racquet and a hollow rubber ball, and players take turns hitting the ball; whoever can place the ball out of reach of their opponent while avoiding specific zones within the court wins.
The match on Monday between RI and ACS(I) kicked off with great fanfare at noon, amidst the cacophony of cheers from both sides. Being my first time spectating an actual game of squash, I couldn’t help but notice both players entering the air-conditioned glass court for every set almost seemed like observing a scientific experiment in a cold, sterile lab.
Every so often, when life gets overwhelming and I need a break, I turn to the best remedy available: Studio Ghibli films.
For those of us who aren’t familiar with Studio Ghibli, they’re the masterminds behind lighthearted classics like Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service and My Neighbour Totoro. And for self-professed movie connoisseurs who prefer Studio Ghibli’s more cerebral works, films like Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke, Porco Rosso, and Grave of the Fireflies are sure to hit that intellectual sweet spot.